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The 3D printing revolution and the Dental sector

November 30th, 2016 from 9.00 to 13.00

Hotel Leopold in Brussels, 35 Rue du Luxembourg

The EFDD Group of the European Parliament is organizing the conference “THE 3D PRINTING REVOLUTION AND THE DENTAL SECTOR:  OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE APPLICATIONS” on Wednesday November 30th from 9.30 to 13.00, at the Hotel Leopold in Brussels (Belgium), with the participation of the S&D Group and the patronage of AIO, representatives from the European Commission, the Council of the European Dentists (CED), the Italian Dental Association (AIO), the Federation of the European Dental Industry (FIDE) and speakers from the main 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing companies.

Additive manufacturing and the Dental Sector

The medical and dental sectors represent around 13.1% usage of Additive Manufacturing (Wohlers, Report 2015, p.21) and are particularly driven by mass customisation and personalisation. AM offers the possibility to have a simplified production chain obtaining fully dense and porous structures that allow better fixation of implants: tens of thousands of 3DP-fabricated metal implants are in fact produced every year.
Invisalignâ dental braces but also crowns are probably the most well-known 3D-printed products. Braces are produced indirectly: thus, first the moulds are 3D-printed and then the braces are manufactured using these moulds. The main driver to use 3D-printing is its capability for mass customisation.

Several millions of moulds are printed every year and a similar approach is used for producing dental crowns, an application started years ago with the production of dental restorations such as veneers, inlays, crowns and bridges using dental CAD-CAM systems

The reducing cost of processing power will ensure that these developments will continue thanks also to the introduction of a new range of digital intra-oral scanners. With regard to the manufacture of prostheses this is currently dominated by subtractive machining technology but it is inevitable that the additive processing routes of layered fabrication will start to have an impact.

Registration is free but seats are limited and pre-registration is required
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The event is co-hosted by two Members of the European Parliament from two political groups: Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) and Patrizia Toja (S&D) and is divided in two sessions.

The first institutional session focuses on “Setting the future legal framework”.

The opening remarks addressed by MEPs Dario Tamburrano and Patrizia Toja will be followed by the introductory speeches of Jerzy Buzek, President of the ITRE Committee (Industry and Research) of the European Parliament, Marco Landi, President of the Council of European Dentists (CED), Pierluigi Delogu, President of Italian Dentists (AIO) and Alessandro Gamberini, President of the Federation of the European Dental Industry (FIDE) .

On behalf of the European Commission, the speeches will be presented by

  • Colette Maloney, Head of Unit, Photonics - DG CONNECT
  • Tapani Piha, Head of Unit, Cross Border healthcare, E-Health - DG SANTE
  • Salvatore Scalzo, Legal Assistant, Health technology and Cosmetics Unit - DG GROW
  • Jose-Lorenzo Valles, Head of Unit, Advanced Manufacturing system and biotechnologies - DG RTD

The second session, a roundtable discussion titled “Challenges and opportunities for 3D printing in the dental sector”,

will be moderated by Giorgio Magistrelli – EFDD adviser for additive manufacturing. . The panel is composed by:

  • Peter Mercelis, Co-founder and Director of applied technologies, 3D Systems
  • Maurizio Costabeber, General Manager, DWS
  • Martin Bullemer, Business Development Manager Medical, EOS
  • Ali Tinazli, Global Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy & Incubation 3D printing, HP
  • Philip Oris, Director Business Development Medical & Dental, SLM Solutions
  • Vittorio Gaudino, General Manager, Sisma
  • Steffen M. Mueller, General Manager Dental Solutions, Stratasys


For further information and Media contacts:

Giorgio Magistrelli
EFDD adviser for additive manufacturing
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